15 days in New York City, Buffalo & Rochester Itinerary

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Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City
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New York City
— 4 nights
Fly
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Buffalo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rochester
— 6 nights
Drive

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New York City — 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Greenwich Village and The Met Cloisters. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Brooklyn Heights Promenade are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City online route planner.

Washington to New York City is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. While traveling from Washington, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to fly to Buffalo.
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Buffalo — 4 nights

Queen City

The most populous city in the state after New York, Buffalo serves as the gateway to Niagara Falls and Canada for many travelers.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House and Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica. Step off the beaten path and head to Niagara Falls and Cave of the Winds. Change things up with these side-trips from Buffalo: Jamestown (Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, National Comedy Center, &more), Niagara Power Project Visitors Center (in Lewiston) and Niagara Falls Observation Tower (in Niagara Falls). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, make a trip to Canalside, take an in-depth tour of The Buffalo History Museum, and stroll the grounds of Forest Lawn.

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Fly from New York City to Buffalo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Buffalo when traveling from New York City in May, with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rochester.
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Rochester — 6 nights

Flower City

Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Corning Museum of Glass and Silver Springs Winery L.L.C. are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to The Strong National Museum of Play and Highland Park. Explore Rochester's surroundings by going to Bath National Cemetery (in Bath), Taughannock Falls State Park (in Trumansburg) and Starkey's Lookout (in Dundee). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Watkins Glen State Park, contemplate the long history of Ganondagan State Historic Site, admire the striking features of The Wadsworth Homestead, and browse the exhibits of National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rochester travel planner.

Traveling by car from Buffalo to Rochester takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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